Battiest’s Kirsten Patrick: Athlete Spotlight Presented By McCurtain County National Bank

By Nick Hampton

Senior Kirsten Patrick is one of those youngsters that will find a solid path in life no matter what happens on the athletic field. Though she is a talented softball player, she is also salutatorian of her class, a member of the National Honor Society, in the gifted and talented program and is active in the school’s Indian Students Association which focuses on native American culture.

Joe Bean who coached for three years at Clayton but is a Battiest native and coached their junior high last year, is the new head softball coach and likes what he has seen of Patrick.

“She’s very smart as you would imagine and highly motivated, mostly of her own doing. This will be her third year to start for us in the outfield.”

As a senior, Kirsten knows that part of her team duties will be to serve as a leader for the team and she’s got some pretty solid ideas about what makes a good leader.

“I think a good leader is someone who pushes others but also keeps their spirits up and encourages them.”

The Panthers are hoping to turn things in a winning direction this spring according to Bean.

“We’ve got six starters back and several good freshmen. I think if we can get meshed together, we could have a better season.”

And Kirsten agrees.

“I think we’ll have a good spring season because a lot of the girls have made huge improvements and we have most of our starters back. I’m striving to hit more home runs this season than I ever have which is 10 but also work on making better contact more consistently.”

As a senior, Kirsten can start reflecting on her time at Battiest. Most memorable moment so far?

“Hitting five homers in one game,” she laughed.

Patrick says she would like to be remembered not only for what she brought to the diamond but as an example for other student athletes.

“I’d like to be remembered for my hard work in softball but also for doing my best in the classroom.”